Moot Court team wins Best Brief and Oral Advocate awards at National Competition

February 16, 2009 | 2 Comments

SACRAMENTO. CA - Second year Campbell Law students Beth Stowell, Thomas Harper and Luke Dalton were highly competitive at the 2009 Asylum and Refugee Law National Moot Court Competition, sponsored by U.C. Davis School of Law on February 7. The competition was held at the U.S. District Court for Eastern District of California in Sacramento, CA. It is the only immigration law moot court competition on the West Coast, and the only one in the nation devoted exclusively to the topic of asylum and refugee law.

Campbell's three-person team was recognized as producing the Best Brief in the competition. Additionally, Beth Stowell was presented with the Best Oral Advocate award and Thomas Harper received the second place Oral Advocate award. Campbell finished second in overall program behind U.C. Hastings School of Law. Professor of Law, Lynn Buzzard, coached this highly competitive team.

"This marks the third year in a row that Campbell Law has brought home a Best Brief award in a national competition," said Dean Melissa Essary. "The quality of our student's written work and case analysis is second to none."

Other awards earned by Campbell Law moot court teams in recent years include national championships at the 2008 Jerome Prince Evidence Competition at the Brooklyn School of Law and 2007 William E. McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition at the University of Minnesota School of Law. In both instances, Campbell Law teams were also presented with Best Brief and Best Oral Advocate awards.

About Campbell Law School: Since its founding in 1976, the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University has developed lawyers who possess moral conviction, social compassion and professional competence, and who view the law as a calling to serve others and create a more just society. The School has been recognized by the American Bar Association (ABA) as having the nation's top Professionalism Program and by the American Academy of Trial Lawyers for having the nation's best Trial Advocacy Program. In 2008, the Law School's Moot Court Program was ranked in the top ten nationally by the University of Houston's Blakely Advocacy Institute among 196 ABA accredited law schools. Campbell Law boasts more than 3,000 alumni, including 2,000 who reside and work in North Carolina. For the past 20 years, Campbell Law's record of success on the North Carolina bar exam is unsurpassed by any other North Carolina law school. In the fall of 2009, Campbell Law School will relocate from the main Campbell University campus to a new location in downtown Raleigh.

Media Contact: Britt Davis, 910.893.1811, [email protected]. Courtesy of


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